News & Perspective

Sep 14, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Flu Scan for Sep 14, 2016

US H5N2 virus comparison
Pandemic vaccine grant

May 07, 2019

May 07, 2019
Piglet in person's arms

Feds cite flu, Salmonella, MERS, Lyme among zoonotic threats

Other high-priority diseases include West Nile, plague, rabies, and brucellosis.

Jul 23, 2015

Jul 23, 2015

News Scan for Jul 23, 2015

MERS in Saudi Arabia
H5N2 vaccine in chickens
Experimental Marburg drug
Klebsiella in retail meat
Epidemic threat poll
EV-D68 rapid test

May 28, 2015

May 28, 2015

News Scan for May 28, 2015

More avian flu in Minnesota, Iowa
Respiratory protection for HCWs
Funding for Haiti

Jun 08, 2009

Jun 08, 2009

Flu researchers call for enhanced swine surveillance

(CIDRAP News) – Government officials and researchers may have underestimated the potential role of pigs as "mixing vessels" for influenza viruses and the importance of swine surveillance for identifying new pandemic threats, veterinary experts from Mexico asserted recently.

May 04, 2009

May 04, 2009

Flu virus's likely human-to-swine jump triggers concern

(CIDRAP News) – The tentative detection of the novel swine influenza H1N1 virus in an Alberta swine herd over the weekend shook Canada's pork industry and raised concern about the potential for new hybrid viruses to emerge.

Feb 11, 2008

Feb 11, 2008

Report urges USDA to tighten oversight of pandemic planning

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made notable progress on plans to detect and contain H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in birds, but some management missteps at the agency could hamper its response capability, according to a recent audit by the department's inspector general.

Dec 20, 2007

Dec 20, 2007

New swine flu virus supports 'mixing vessel' theory

(CIDRAP News) – A new influenza virus discovered in Missouri pigs has a combination of genes from avian and swine flu viruses, supporting the theory that pigs can serve as a mixing vessel for flu viruses and a potential source for a human pandemic strain, according to a report published yesterday.

Dec 14, 2007

Dec 14, 2007

Players in H5N1's debut ponder a decade's lessons

(CIDRAP News) – Dr. Keiji Fukuda still remembers the intense emotions that tumbled through his mind as he waited to board his hastily scheduled flight out of Atlanta. His destination was Asia. In Hong Kong, a newly identified avian influenza virus, recently dubbed H5N1, was making people desperately ill.

Jun 27, 2007

Jun 27, 2007

GAO assesses avian and pandemic flu planning

(CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued two reports that address avian and pandemic influenza planning last week, one examining how well the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is prepared to respond to avian flu outbreaks and the other assessing efforts by US and international agencies to help vulnerable countries.

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